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Read Independent Clinical Reports from ASHM Scholarship Recipients at the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018)

Since 2015, the ASHM Scholarship Program provides a variety of scholarships to assist ASHM members, affiliates and others in the HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health sector to attend national and international conferences to support their continuing professional development. ASHM scholarships are awarded on the basis of objective criteria overseen by an independent Scholarship Committee. They have previously been awarded to HIV and HBV S100 prescribers (GP/primary care), sexual health physicians, hospital-based specialists managing HIV, nurses and community pharmacists – who all are required to report back to colleagues and peers in the format of REPORT BACK posts with their key learnings from conference presentations that translate basic and clinical investigation into clinical practice within the field of HIV and related viruses. Seven scholarship recipients have recently reported back from the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) from 23 - 27 July in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  Link to + read Report Back posts here:  
www.ashm.org.au/report-back/IAS18/
 

#PassTheMic: Meaningful youth participation in the fight against HIV  Posted by Wee-sian Woon

It was interesting to hear the views and experiences of 11 young people from around the world in regards to HIV and their sexual health. Some of the young people on the panel were representing youth organisations from Amsterdam Youth Force, Teenergizer and Youth Against AIDS.  Continue reading…

Dolutegravir - Safety in Pregnancy  Posted by Jacqueline Engelander

This well attended and eagerly awaited session regarding the recent safety concerns with dolutegravir (DTG) in pregnancy, was fantastic. We heard from an expert panel of inspiring female researchers, regulators and bioethicists to guide our thoughts.  Continue reading…
 

Strategies for diagnosing and managing acute HIV infection in the context of PrEP and immediate ARV  Posted by Tom Morley

This symposium sought to highlight the complexities of diagnosing/managing acute HIV infection in those who are on PrEP or PEP or those who commenced immediate ART shortly after viral acquisition.  Continue reading…
 

Frontiers in Generic and Low-Cost ARVs in High-, Middle-, and Low-income Countries: Four Provocative Questions  Posted by Kalaiselvan Sankar

Today, many low-cost and generic ARVs are becoming readily available for the first time in the U.S. and Europe. In LICs/LMICs the possibility of low-cost, nearly “universal” regimens such as TLD (TDF/3TC/DTG) is being broadly discussed on how such programs should be managed moving forward in line with new emerging evidence on DTG in pregnancy.  Continue reading…
 

Impact of punitive laws, policies and practices on sex workers’ vulnerability to HIV and respect of their human rights  Posted by Vincent Cornelisse

This was the only session entirely run by sex workers which provided some salient reminders that sex work is work, and that sex work and sex trafficking are entirely separate issues. Criminalisation of any aspect of sex work causes harm to sex workers. Instead, if a society wishes to address any troublesome aspects of sex work (e.g. poor health outcomes of sex workers), then we should work with sex workers to address these issues. Such well-intended efforts should be conducted by organisations that are run by sex workers, rather than being imposed upon sex workers.  Continue reading…
 

Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges  Posted by Wee-sian Woon

The opening ceremony highlighted to me that the solutions in ending HIV and AIDS are not only biomedical but also lie in the political sphere.  Stigma and discrimination can lead to inaction and ambivalence. We have the medications available however translating that to individuals accessing medications involves recognising the rights of affected communities and fostering the inclusion of affected communities in decision-making and policies, which can help in ending the stigma and discrimination for those affected.  Continue reading…
 

PrEP in the real world: What are we learning?  Posted by Kalaiselvan Sankar

This session covered pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) experiences from Australia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Thailand and United States’ perspectives. I have summarised selected presentations briefly here as it depicts the use of PrEP in the real world and what are the implications that one needs to factor into the provision to various patient populations.  Continue reading…